The Witcher on Netflix continues to engage audiences and keeps up its binge-worthy reputation. Part of the reason for the success of Netflix’s The Witcher is that it comes with a built-in fanbase. The Witcher is based on a series of fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, which have been translated into over 20 languages and sold over 15 million copies worldwide. And then you have The Witcher video game franchise. Those games are well known for their graphics, gameplay, and story. And whether fans of the series tune in for its lead actor, their love of the book, the games, or the series itself, any new season is sure to be a hit for Netflix. Season 3 of The Witcher draws inspiration from the second book in the series, Time of Contempt.
But the show itself stands on its own. The characters and the story is intriguing, the action scenes are fun and exciting and still manage to leave you at the edge of your seat. They manage to keep you engaged enough to want to binge the entire series in one sitting.
Geralt of Rivia comes to terms with his feelings
In this season of Netflix’s The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia finally comes to terms with his feelings and beliefs after two seasons of trying desperately to stay detached and unbothered. Now he must confront his emotions as he faces new challenges. He will have to decide what is more important to him: his neutrality or the people he cares about. This season is now a turning point for Geralt as he learns to embrace his emotions and fight for what he believes in.
Henry Cavill returns as Geralt of Rivia, as does the brooding. One of the things that Cavill does best is playing characters who are both brooding and mysterious, while also being very gentle. This is a difficult balance to strike, but Cavill does it with ease. It’s understandable to see why fans were worried when news reports stated that Cavill would be leaving The Witcher. This season gives us a lot of beautiful performances from Cavill.
Freya Allan shines as Princess Cirilla of Cintra
And although Cavill has some spectacular moments, his co-star Freya Allan really steals the show. Many moments explore the relationship between Yennefer of Vengerberg (played by Anya Chalotra) and Geralt of Rivia, understandable given the fact that this season is about coming to terms with emotions. But there are a lot of moments that could have been better served by developing or seeing more from Princess Cirilla’s point-of-view.
Allan’s performance as Princess Cirilla of Cintra is one of the most endearing of the entire show. Allan perfectly captures the duality of Ciri’s character, who is both innocent and naïve, yet also fierce and determined. In previous seasons, Ciri is a sheltered and naïve young girl. Raised in the royal court of Cintra, she has no idea about the dangers of the world outside. However, as she is forced to flee her home and embark on a journey, Ciri quickly learns that the world is a much darker place than she ever imagined.
Despite the dangers she faces, Ciri never loses her sense of hope or determination. She is fiercely protective of those she loves, and she is always willing to fight for what she believes in. Allan brings a great deal of depth and complexity to her performance, and she makes Ciri a truly compelling and sympathetic character.
One of the things that Allan does particularly well is showing the way in which Ciri’s innocence and naïveté are gradually stripped away as she experiences the horrors of the world. In the early seasons, Ciri is often seen as a kind and gentle soul who is reluctant to harm anyone. However, as she is forced to fight for her life, Ciri becomes increasingly hardened and ruthless. This is a gradual process, and Allan does a great job of showing how Ciri’s character changes over time.
Overall, it is the story of Princess Cirilla’s journey that makes this season stand out.
The Witcher season 3 part 1 premieres on Netflix June 29.